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Dog Days of Summer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Generally speaking July and August in Central KY are hot, hot, hot. For me and mine that means outdoor time is in the morning and evening. Errands and house activities mid afternoon. Today, after sparking with my morning coffee I walked Sugar and Bear then worked in the garden for 2 hours. All 3 of my housemates were in the yard with me.

I just now got back from my grocery shopping. This was my greeting (handiest camera was my phone, not good indoors; not that I should worry. I've unloaded and put the groceries away caught up with my friends here and no one has moved yet!)



How's that for "in sync"? All curled up and facing the same direction!

Had to share. Stay cool and hydrate!! Smiles, Joy

  
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ROCKYCPA 7/11/2014 11:12PM

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    They're really tuckered out!
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LADYJAJA 7/11/2014 11:38AM

  Did Bear decide to adopt you? I don't blame him if he did, you're a good companion to your furry friends. Hot and humid here in Alabama too, and my schedule is very similar to yours, beat the heat! emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/11/2014 10:31AM

    How sweet, I know that sometimes if I go get the camera to get a snap the moment has gone, I bet they are just tired from been out side, Bear looks right at home I hope his mum is doing OK.
Got a bit wet and chilly feel to this week but meant to be improving just not consistent..
I worked on the ward this morning then went straight to the grocery shop so just finished unpacking so have a couple of house to myself before DH gets home.

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2014 3:27AM

    Loved the pics Joy, so cute! Thanks for sharing hun, have a great weekend emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 7/10/2014 10:24PM

    Hold on, do I see THREE babies there? Did Bear become a permanent member of your family?

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ANNIE1114 7/10/2014 9:58PM

  So cute!

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_JODI404 7/10/2014 9:44PM

    emoticon Oh yes, it's beginning to broil here in Atlanta as well! emoticon We got a little rain tonight, but could use more in the yard with this heat! We were lucky with the free watering emoticon until about 2 weeks ago.

Your babies are adorable! Love this pic!! Walking and gardening and then NAP time!!

Mine snooze hard during the day too. One is a super snorer. One goes DEEP out....very hard to disturb. Probably sounds familiar. emoticon

Is Bear just visiting?

Stay cool & keep making the best of the coolest times of day.

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SUSIEPH1 7/10/2014 8:07PM

    Ohh Joy ! Just loved your photo of your furry friends .. They are such darlings .. Thank you so much for sharing .. Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 7/10/2014 6:47PM

    I LOVE it! You are SO blessed to have these babies! We plan to move by early next year and DH promised we can then get two more of our beloved collies...it has been lonely here since our left us. I love when you post about your babies...it's like I have surrogates!

Stay cool....but don't rush it...winter will be here before you know it!

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Summer Fun - survival reminder

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I had a wonderful family day today.

DD is in from Maryland with two of my preteen grandkids (one is in my 2001 picture on my page with me). It will be a busy week but also one that will be hard to fit in my fitness activity. Extra housework is going to have to count for something. But maintenance really is more in the kitchen than in the gym. I'm lucky that this family eats a lot like I do; only some "extras" to tempt me.

Today we had a family gathering at a local winery for a Jazz on the Porch concert. All three of my kids were there and 5 of my 8 grandkids in addition to a few friends. That alone was a rare treat. Beautiful country setting, weather cooperated,great music, all contributed to a great day. It was an impromptu idea and we kept it simple. I brought a cooler of drinks, including plenty of water and everyone brought what they enjoyed snacking on.



Band is on the porch; snacks are on the table. I sincerely hope you can pick out mine! I've contended for a long time that enjoying gatherings does not require less food on the table, but more. I'm not out to change the world, just to make sure I have what I need available; with enough to share of course. I can pass on the packaged snacks easily IF I have other choices that I do enjoy. I was perfectly happy with my apple, nuts and water. If I don't start on the other, I don't miss it. I truly can't just have "one". I know that!

In all there were 14 in our group and we all count the day a success. I'd love to share pictures but I don't without permission and it's pretty rare for me to post even family pictures. However I can share the newest member of my Lexington daughter's family:



Meet Tarra, not really sure of her history but she's a super good puppy that's found a very happy home. Life is good. Enjoy your summer!

  
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NANHBH 7/3/2014 11:45PM

    Enjoy your company and your holiday!
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TEENY_BIKINI 7/3/2014 12:39PM

    LOL! Of course, the almonds and apples are yours! :) You are just so good. muah

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MOSTMOM1 7/1/2014 11:47PM

    Aw, Tarra looks like she's smiling! And your snacks look way yummier than the stuff in the bags. I can't eat just one of those either... You are one smart cookie, er, nut, er, good apple??
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1ACTIVELADY 7/1/2014 8:08AM

    Aww, such a cute puppy!
Sounds like you had a very nice day with the family!
So glad you enjoyed it!

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_JODI404 6/30/2014 10:32PM

    What a lovely outing with family!!

I could definitely pick out your snacks. Chips are one of my very few "banned" foods, because I cannot exercise any control at all. It's OK - I really don't miss them.

Tarra is adorable!!

I hope you have the most wonderful time enjoying the company of your family!!

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ANNIE1114 6/30/2014 8:09PM

  Sounds like a good day. Cute pup! I am wondering what Sugar and Xena think about her.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 6/30/2014 10:40AM

    Glad you had a great family outing and were able to stay in your nutritional goals. You are right it is best to stay away from processed snacks, I can't stop with 1or 2 I want it all. So it is better to stay way from it. Hope you have a great weak.

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GABY1948 6/30/2014 10:00AM

    What an adorable puppy! Have a TRULY fun time with everyone and enjoy your whole week of the 4th of July!

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SUSIEPH1 6/30/2014 8:10AM

    How delightful Joy that your family was able to get together ... So glad you had such a wonderful day ..Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/30/2014 7:20AM

    Aww she is so cute. Allie would love to play once she gets her energy back and feels better, She is doing better day by day.
Glad you had your family around, such fun! Enjoy the rest of the summer! and yea love your snacks.!


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TERI-RIFIC 6/30/2014 5:37AM

    How wonderful that that many of your family could get together at the same time! Good music and country setting just make it better. That food picture really says a lot! I totally agree with how you manage. Totally. Love the new puppy - what a cutie. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/30/2014 3:04AM

    Sounds like a great day Joy and keeping it healthy too! A true Sparker.

Tarra looks so cute. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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ANNEMAC5 6/30/2014 1:39AM

    Sounds like a lovely day with your family. I would love to have more days when I can get more of our family together but have mostly to settle with skype. Then there is no food to worry about. My kids are great and healthy snacks and water are fine with them but both our mothers and siblings would mock that, they think that full fat cakes, crisps, pastry sausage, cheese sweets and fizzy drink in huge portions are what make a great time.(yes they are all overweight and each one has some health problem)
The concert sounds lovely and something a bit different. Tarra looks so adorable great picture the eyes make your heart melt. Thank you for sharing

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Sugar and Bear are NOT Wimps!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Well, OK; Sugar is a wimp. But, she's a very sweet wimp that survives very well with her sister Xena Warrior princess.



Bear is NOT a wimp by any means. He doesn't even accept that he is a little dog, as I've witnessed several times on our walks. Still he learned quickly to yield to the Princess.




This was the initial greeting when he arrived.




I choose to believe, far from a wimp; he's just a very wise little dog.

Don't you?!

Smiles, Joy


  
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/16/2014 11:27PM

    An impressively expressful greeting yes,he is wise!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/11/2014 7:00AM

    I like sweet wimps! Cats and dogs living together are a hoot.

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SUSIEPH1 6/8/2014 9:59PM

    Ohh my goodness Joy! emoticon Warrior Princess indeed ..
You can tell who's boss .. Please give all your furbabies cuddles from me
Bobby sends doggie kisses xxx emoticon

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  Xena looks like she's down to her fighting weight! emoticon

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GABY1948 6/8/2014 8:17AM

    Yes, I have never seen a cat that could not "take" a dog! LOL And your babies (the canine ones) are just VERY WISE indeed....why stir up trouble if it is not needed????

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ANNEMAC5 6/8/2014 5:38AM

    Great pictures such a difference from the first to the last, the lady is in charge and those boys know it xxx

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    He certainly knows how to handle the Warrior Princess for sure emoticon

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_JODI404 6/7/2014 10:35PM

    Oh my gosh, Xena is downright fierce if she needs to be!! So funny!

She made her status known right up front!

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JERIBERI1 6/7/2014 9:03PM

    That's a pretty scary greeting! Hahaha.

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MOSTMOM1 6/7/2014 7:36PM

    Yes, I think it was very smart for Bear to take the high road there. Xena looks fierce!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 6/7/2014 6:43PM

    They do have their moments don't they. They are adorable and I am sure they fill your life with love and laughter. Have a great Saturday evening. Hoping it will cool down enough that I can go for evening walk. My blackberries are slowly turning. Need to find a good low cal recipe for cobbler or muffins.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/7/2014 6:25PM

    Oooo, Xena! I've never seen that side of the fierce girl!

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MY GIRLS MAKE ME LAUGH DAILY but I don't always have my camera

Friday, June 06, 2014

SUGAR WANTS TO COME IN.












WHO GIVES A HOOT?!









IT'S REALLY TOUGH LIVING WITH A WARRIOR PRINCESS.




DID I INTERVENE THIS TIME?

Of course I did!
DID YOU SEE THOSE EYES?!!

Smiles and a wonderful day!

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 6/16/2014 11:32PM

    Xena would thinkGlorious represents cats very poorly - he never threatens Merlin at all, mostly it is Merlin that is such a pest that Glorious prefers to go away...

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PRPA111 6/9/2014 8:25AM

    That is the cutest! I wouldn't dare to bother the mighty warrior princess either ;)

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LADYJAJA 6/8/2014 12:02PM

  Cats.......because they can! emoticon

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NANHBH 6/7/2014 11:53AM

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Zena won't let Sugar step over her? Or Sugar wouldn't dare try?

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_JODI404 6/6/2014 9:13PM

    Ha! It's quite clear who is in charge around there!!

Both of their faces are priceless!!!

Thanks for sharing the laughter ~ much needed, and much appreciated!!!

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ANNIE1114 6/6/2014 8:53PM

  Awww poor Sugar! Glad you intervened.

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TERI-RIFIC 6/6/2014 6:17PM

    LOL and yes, those are some compelling eyes!!

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LORIVIOLA 6/6/2014 6:15PM

    Aww. So cute. What a face.

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SUSIEPH1 6/6/2014 3:30PM

    Hilarious .. Poor Sugar .. She looks so meek ..you can see who's boss .. Thanks for the laugh Joy .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 6/6/2014 2:32PM

    Haha, Xena says, "None shall pass!"

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MRS.DOYLE 6/6/2014 1:38PM

    Sugar is so well behaved to wait for permission to enter!!

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ANNEMAC5 6/6/2014 1:32PM

    Sugar has such an adorable face very expressive. Cats rule as we all know xx

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1ACTIVELADY 6/6/2014 12:32PM

    lol! That's just too cute! emoticon it! emoticon

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BARBIE042 6/6/2014 12:06PM

    Awww ! Well we see who the boss hahaha!
Cute girls : )

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    cats are great at enforcing their rules emoticon

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May a great month for roses and furry friends. Pics, no story.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

We'll start with my fur balls first: Sugar had gotten really shaggy; I don't think her coat would stop growing if just left alone. So she got a bath and a good grooming that included a major haircut. I must have taken a bucket of hair off her and she looked and I'm sure felt better. I won't let it get that long again. Maybe 2 major haircuts a year.


Fluffy Sugar only lasts a few days; then her hair crimps up again. :)

If you are a follower, you know Bear visited in May. He certainly livened up my household:



Mornings were spent in the yard. This is how they spent afternoons. Evenings we walked. I have multiple dog beds and Bear brought his own. But this is "the" bed. If Sugar gets up, Bear gets it and vice versa. He was here for five weeks and he definitely is missed. He went home with a sad Mom Saturday. There was a funeral for his Dad yesterday. Xena, of course, sleeps anywhere and everywhere she wants to!

My girls and my yard are a big part of my health and fitness in so many ways. This spring was major yard work. The roses have been absolutely awesome!


Yellow Knock-Out Roses screen my patio.


First spring for these Drift Roses and I am pleased.


This is a very old rose that's gone back to it's root stock. It's been amazing this year!

Close ups of the new Drift roses. They stay low and spread, do not have to be pruned like the knock outs do. But, they are just as care free and everblooming as the Knock Outs. I'm really pleased with them. Goal is to get these gardens mostly perennials and shrubs. Just about there.


I wasn't sure I'd like this Single Drift Rose; turns out I like it best!


But I'm not disappointed in any of them.


Gardening is never "done" but it's June and I'm really enjoying the yard now.

I finished the last of my planting today and the patio is cleared of garden stuff. I sure wish you could stop by for some ice tea! Life is good!

Oops, it seems I don't have any ice tea! But, I can offer you water or a cold beer. emoticon
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NOTFATCAT 6/5/2014 5:33PM

    What a lovely garden, Joy. It's a good thing you like to work in your yard not just for the beauty but for your health.

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MNNICE 6/5/2014 2:59PM

    Would love a glass of tea in that beautiful yard! Our former house had a ton of hybrid roses because it had been owned before us by people who owned a wholesale greenhouse. It was wonderful to walk out the back door on the way to work and pick a yellow rose. Your hard work definitely shows!

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LADYJAJA 6/5/2014 12:35PM

  I'm sorry to read of Bear's "dad" :-( What a great friend you are, to have been someone Bear's family could lean on and entrust during such a difficult time. You have such a sweet soul, Joy, and your gardens reflect you. Save a place for me, I'll have beer emoticon

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_JODI404 6/4/2014 11:38PM

    I sure do wish I could stop by for a visit too!!! That would be awesome.

I am so very sorry to hear about Bear's Dad. emoticon I'm glad you were able to help so much by taking him in at such a difficult time. He is just precious. I'm sure Sugar, (who looks beautiful!), doesn't mind not competing for her bed.

Your garden and yard look gorgeous!!! Our roses are doing really great this year too! So pleased with that after having to replace several from those voles last year. Blooms galore this year! I love yours. Ours are all assorted shades of pinks, and mainly knock outs. Your yellow is awesome, nice privacy!

I agree, the garden is never done! It is so rewarding to be done with the planting, and more time to relax and enjoy the stunning views.

We have a Barred Owl hanging out in our back yard with us regularly this week. I guess there is good hunting down in the woods as he seems to really like a few spots that give us a great view of him. We hear them in the surrounds all the time, but having daily visits has been cool!

ENJOY all that beauty, which includes those fur balls!!

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ANNIE1114 6/4/2014 7:24PM

  Thank you for sharing your beautiful roses and sweet housemates. Stay safe tonight , the weather man just said some bad storms are headed toward our state.

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1ACTIVELADY 6/4/2014 12:44PM

    I really enjoyed your blog!
Sugar looks great!
Sorry to hear why Bear was staying with you. That was really nice of you to help out. I hope Bear will bring comfort to his Mom.
Your garden and roses are just gorgeous!
I wish I could stop by for ice tea but miles and miles keep us apart.
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SLENDERELLA61 6/4/2014 10:41AM

    Joy, Your yard is glorious! Your fur babies are so obviously loved and reflect it. Here's to a great, active life. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/4/2014 10:31AM

    How lovely, but sorry to hear about Bear's dad!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/4/2014 10:28AM

    Your roses do look fabulous! I had not heard of drift roses. I'll have to check those out.
What a lovely thing you did for Bear and his family. I'm sure it is appreciated in every way. Sorry to hear that Bear's dad has passed on. I will have to go back and read about Bear's family.
Stay safe today in case the weather gets bad!
~ Teresa

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YELLOW09RED 6/4/2014 10:18AM

    Joy I love it. Your blog is great!
I love roses. Enjoy them.
Wine does sound great too.
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MOSTMOM1 6/4/2014 8:50AM

    Audrey and I want to stop by sometime!!! Your roses are beautiful; you can tell they're tended with love and care. Sugar looks fab; I know that was a lot of work! You and your FurGirls are blessed indeed. I'm so sorry about the loss of a friend. I'm sure you and Bear will be a comfort to "mom."

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/4/2014 8:40AM

    awesome garden

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GABY1948 6/4/2014 7:43AM

    Your yard is lovely! Thanks for sharing. Do you find it hard grooming your own babies? They lookf emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/4/2014 7:40AM

    OH some day in our travels perhaps I may get to meet you, your fur babies and see the garden in person! Looks awesome!! love it and glad your May was a good month. Mine was too for the most part!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/4/2014 7:24AM

    The roses are gorgeous. I tried roses once without much luck. "The" bed made me laugh. When we got our cat I gave her her own water bowl, but soon learned that she would not drink out of it- she only drank out of the dogs' water bowl. I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your friend. emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 6/4/2014 4:40AM

    Awesome pics - thank you for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 6/4/2014 3:46AM

    Loved your blog Joy, Sugar must have felt so much better for her pamper, and cooler in the heat.
Your garden is STUNNING, you have put a lot of love and work into it. It's beautiful.

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MRS.DOYLE 6/4/2014 3:01AM

    I'm enjoying the water while I peruse your lovely photos. Roses love your soil.

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SUSIEPH1 6/4/2014 2:42AM

    Loved your blog Joy .. Sugar looks great .. Roses are lovely ..I am a avid lover of roses .. Would love to stop by for a iced tea .. But to far away .. Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 6/4/2014 1:20AM

    Just a lovely garden and the dogs and cat make it so lively!

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ALICIA214 6/4/2014 12:34AM

 

Your garden looks lovely, can I bring some wine??

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ANNEMAC5 6/4/2014 12:33AM

    Great photos,Sugar must feel so much better after the hair cut and so smart. Sorry about Bears dad but good you were able tone a foster mum to help out, funny about the bed share. I am sure he will be back to visit.
Your roses are beautiful, mine are now starting to bloom and looks like a good year for them. All your work is paying off so now a more relaxing month for you. I am awake early again to-day so lovely blog to read thanks, tea for me x

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NANHBH 6/4/2014 12:09AM

    I'll take the water while I enjoy your beautiful yard!
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